Leeds truly loves cocktails so I’m not surprised that Be At One Cocktail Bar decided for Leeds to be the first city outside of London with two bars. The one on Millennium Square has been open for a while now but I’ve never been to it. If I’m honest, I’ve confused it with the next door bar: All Bar One. Can you blame me?
Setting foot in their second location on Boar Lane, and trying samples of 10 or so of their cocktails, I’ll never mix these two bars up again. Be At One is a cocktail bar through and through. Yes, they have a couple of bottled beers should you not fancy a cocktail but to be honest, I wouldn’t go here unless you do.
If you’re up for a laugh and being entertained whilst sipping away, it’s the perfect spot. Be At One pride themselves in recruiting great staff with a passion for what they do and keep customers entertained. Singing, dancing and ice throwing won’t go unmissed behind the bar.
Be At One Flavour Wheel
Be At One has the most comprehensive cocktail menu ever, it’s like a bible. apart from being very colourful, what I love the most about it is the first spread – the Flavour Wheel.
The inner circle dictates the different flavours: sour, sweet, bitter etc. and the second circle spirits for each flavour and lastly the cocktail names once paired up. For example, I like sour cocktails, and gin based. According to the wheel, I should try Aviation, Bramble, Tom Collins and Tang Dynasty. The wheel is a super easy way to find a cocktail that you like. Of course the staff will help you by recommending as well.
At the soft launch we were lucky enough to try 9 different cocktails and also make one of our own from the menu. Straight away looking at their menu, I noticed they have two Swedish named cocktails and decided one of those would be the one I’d make. We got to try ‘Svenska Detox’ during the tasting session so my card fell on ‘Swedish Death Nettle’.
Absolut Elyx, Nettle Cordial, Fresh Lemon Juice, English Breakfast Tea, Soda Water
I love the word pun and turned out I also love the cocktail itself. I had no idea there is such a thing as a nettle cordial prior to making this cocktail and I was pleasantly surprised of the good taste. Normally nettle is something I’d avoid due to its sting when touched. It’s really easy to make; mix all the ingredients together (no shaking) and serve over ice in a tall glass. Serve with a bit of mint.
The ‘Svenska Detox’ cocktail wasn’t as good. I didn’t mind the freshly cut grass taste but I’d prefer it to be served after a run or gym session, not at a cocktail bar.
Top Three Cocktails to Try
From the 9 cocktails we tried, I’ve managed to cut them down to three favourites. It was a tough choice but since I don’t like the taste of coffee nor Jagermeister, I could easily rule out ‘Jager Mega Drive’ and ‘Almond Mocca’.
Butterscotch Schnapps, Sweet and Salty Popcorn, Vanilla Ice Cream
I’m normally not one for diary cocktails but out of the two milkshake cocktails we got to try, ‘Popster’ is my favourite. In fact, I’ve already been back once more for it and I probably will be on a day when their “Appi Hour” is valid. Chilled cocktails like this is necessary during summer time. I love that the popcorn gives it a slightly salty taste and it’s a cool garnish as well.
Patron Silver Tequila, Vanilla Liqueure, Passionfruit Purée, Vanilla Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, Tabasco
The tabasco is what makes this cocktail. It’s a real nice kick which makes this a drink you sip on for a long time, not gulp in one go like ‘Popster’. I’ve never really had a cocktail like this before so was pleasantly surprised. I came back to sipping this during the night so definitely one to recommend.
Gin, Lemon Juice, Ginger Syrup, Meantime Ale
‘Shaky Pete’s’ has all my favourite ingredients/flavours apart from coriander so no doubt this would be a favourite of mine. Fresh, simple and easy to drink. It looks like you get a lot as well being served in a stein.
Have you been to one of Be At One’s Cocktail Bars yet? What’s your favourite type of cocktail?